• Medical exchange studies

  • with clinical hands-on experience

GYNAECOLOGY-OBSTETRICS AND PAEDIATRICS - from the fall 2016

The international semester Gynaecology-Obstetrics and Paediatrics offers you a unique opportunity to gain knowledge of important symptoms, diseases and causes of death from birth to death mainly within the fields of gynaecology- obstetrics and paediatrics.

You will be studying at our beautiful campus and joining the clinical training at one of the hospitals in the region. As a medical student you will experience a vibrant student environment with outstanding facilities such as the student house for medical students, the health science library and many student clubs and associations, which will enable you to network and make new friends.

FROM CLASS-ROOM TEACHING TO CLINICAL PRACTICE

The objective of this semester is to give students knowledge of important symptoms, diseases and causes of death from birth to death mainly within the fields of gynaecology-obstetrics and paediatrics.

The semester includes both clinical training and class-room teaching in gynaecology-obstetrics, paediatrics, clinical genetics, forensic medicine, and cross-curricular symposiums. Students will also learn about aspects of medical legislation, ethical issues, patient centred communication and the professional role.

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Course content / Track 1+2

The 20-week course includes 2 weeks of introductory classes, 4 weeks of clinical training at a gynaecological-obstetrical department, 4 weeks of clinical training at a paediatrics department, 8 weeks of class-room teaching, and 2 weeks for examination. The course is divided into two tracks.

Track 1: Medical Specialities (25 ECTS)

The main subjects of this track are gynaecology-obstetrics, paediatrics, clinical genetics, and forensic medicine.

Students will be provided with knowledge of pathophysiology, epidemiology, prevention, risk assessment, diagnostics, treatment methods, and prognosis in relation to major diseases within the specialities. You will also gain knowledge of clinical pharmacology, diagnostic radiology, clinical immunology, pathology, and clinical chemistry in relation to the main specialities.

Two 4-week rotations of clinical practice in gynaecology-obstetrics and paediatrics introduce you to all activities of the departments. All students will be paired with a student buddy and a clinical advisor offering mentoring and guidance.

Methods of teaching: Lectures, clinical practice, symposia and visits to departments

Examination: Individual OSCE-examination (2.5 hours) and written MCQ-examination (2 hours) (graded)

 

Track 2: Professional Course 5 (5 ECTS)

The objective of this track is to improve the communicative and clinical skills of the students, to give them insight into relevant legislative aspects, and to facilitate reflection on ethical issues significant to the role of a medical doctor.

Students will learn a range of analytical and practical tools to meet the challenges and face the dilemmas that any medical doctor will meet, ensuring that they can act professionally in relation to patients, relatives, and collaborators.

Methods of teaching: Lectures and class-room teaching

Examination: Attendance

Exam

There will be 3 different types of examination within the semester.

For the medical specialities:

  • OSCE – Examination Objective Structured Clinical Examination An OSCE comprises a circuit of short stations, in which each candidate is examined on a one-to-one basis with one or two impartial examiner(s) and patients. Each station has a different examiner. Candidates rotate through the stations, completing all the stations on their circuit.
  • Written MCQ-examination Multiple Choice Questionnaire

For the professional identity:

  • Pass by attendance in mandatory modules

Facts

  • LEVEL: Master level
  • COURSE CONTENT: Gynaecology-obstetrics, paediatrics, clinical genetics, and forensic medicine
  • LANGUAGE OF INSTRUCTION: English
  • METHOD OF TEACHING: Lectures, class-room teaching, symposia, and clinical practice
  • WORK LOAD: 30 ECTS (20 weeks)
  • SEMESTER DATES: Late August – Mid January / Late January – Late June
  • EXAMINATION DATES: January / June
  • APPLICATION DEADLINE: May 1 / November 1 – check your home university for local deadlines and nomination procedures for exchange studies abroad.
  • APPLICATION RESPONSE: June / December
  • ELIGIBILITY: Students from partner universities with an exchange agreement with  Aarhus University and/or Faculty of Health, who holds a Bachelor’s degree, or equivalent, in medicine, and a documented level of English corresponding to C1 level (CEFR).


Partner Universities

The Faculty of Health works with several renowned universities from different countries. We are continually working on developing new and existing partnerships to the benefits of students from both Aarhus University and our partner universities. If your university would like to know more about the possibilities of becoming a partner of Faculty of Health at Aarhus University, please contact international coordinator Rikke Præstegaard (mrs) at health.studyabroad@au.dk

Information for students

Students from universities with a partnership agreement with the Faculty of Health or a bilateral agreement with Aarhus University can apply for the international semester and will, if accepted, not pay tuition fees. Accommodation, study materials, travels and other expenses are not covered. Applicants will have to have finished their bachelor degree in medicine to be eligible to apply for the international semester. 

For enrollment in the fall semester (September-January) the application deadline is May 1. Nominations must be sent by email to the international coordinator (health.studyabroad@au.dk) no later than April 15.

For enrollment in the spring the application deadline is November 1. Nominations must be sent by email to the international coordinator (health.studyabroad@au.dk) no later than October 15.

Language requirements

The language requirements for the international semester are as follows:

  • TOEFL
    English B – Test result of at least 560 (paper-based) or 83 (internet-based)
    Aarhus University does not accept the TOEFL ITP test.
    The Aarhus University TOEFL code is 8935.
  • IELTS:
    English B – Test result of at least 6.5 point
  • Cambridge ESOL examinations
    English B – Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) or First Certificate with grade A
    Applicants must upload their Confirmation of Entry stating candidate ID number and candidate secret number, which are not stated on the test result itself.
  • CEFR validated English language course
    English B C1 level
  • The test result must not be more than two years old

Applicants who are exempted from submitting an English test are:

  • ”Native speakers” with an English taught qualifying exam (including applicants with a qualifying examination from USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Great Britain, Scotland, or Ireland). Please note that applicants with a qualifying examination from all other countries (including African and Asian countries, where the exam has been taught in English) must submit a test.
  • Applicants holding a Danish/Nordic/Duborg/International Baccalaureate (from the IB diploma programme)/European Baccalaureate (from the “ScholaEuropaea”) entrance examination with an English level the Danish Agency for International Education considers comparable to a Danish B/A level in English
  • Applicants holding an English taught Bachelor’s or a Master's Degree from USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Great Britain, Scotland, or Ireland. The applicant must document that the programme was taught in English

Hospitals

Faculty of Health, Aarhus University works with several hospitals in the Central Denmark Region. This includes hospitals in Randers, Aalborg, Viborg, Herning, Holstebro, Silkeborg, Horsens and the University Hospital in Aarhus.

The University hospital in Aarhus has in 2015 been named best hospital in Denmark for the eigth time: www.en.auh.dk/press-room/news-archive/denmarks-best-hospital-in-2015/.

Students coming to Aarhus should expect the possibility of doing their clinical stays in one or more of the mentioned hospitals.

You will have to arrange and pay for the transport to these clinics yourself (there are usually very good public transport, or groups of students arrange to drive together and save time and costs), but you will get a reimbursement upon your stay here for some of the costs. You will get further information about this before and upon arrival to Denmark.

Medical education in Denmark

The Danish medical education is divided into a bachelor  degree programme (3 years) and a master degree programme (3 years). The medical graduate acquires general medical skills during 12 months of basic clinical work and an additional 12 months of employment in an introductory position. Further specialisation takes 4-6 years depending on the area of specialisation.

The medical degree from Aarhus University, Faculty of Heath is approved by the Danish Health and Medicines Authority and The Danish Accreditation Institution and is internationally acknowledged.

Student life

As a medical exchange student at Aarhus University, you become part of a community of more than 2000 medical students. The unique facilities for medical students include our student house – a place for social and academic network, world class research facilities at Aarhus University Hospital – awarded best hospital in Denmark for several years in a row, and access to a comprehensive health science library. Aarhus has a population of 300,000 and is Denmark’s second largest city. It has all the advantages and resources of a big city; and yet everything is within walking or biking distance.

The large student population gives the city a young and exciting vibrancy and along the canal in the city centre the students visit the many cafés and restaurants. The city is located on the waterfront and you are never far from beautiful beaches or tranquil forests.